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Zeppelin-skiing: This is skiing with an added (scary) twist

Updated 1138 GMT (1938 HKT) March 18, 2019
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Who needs a ski lift when you can use a Zeppelin? Mirja Geh
Skiers Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger and Fabian Lentsch came up with the idea of using a Zeppelin to fly them to the summit of the 7,326-feet Kleiner Valkastiel mountain in Austria. Mirja Geh
While heli-skiing has long existed, Zeppelin-skiing is very much a new idea. Mirja Geh
Ager, Gumpenberger and Lentsch abseiled down from Zeppelin to the Kleiner Valkastiel's peak. Mirja Geh
The adventurers then skied down the mountain's pristine slopes. Mirja Geh
The expedition was two years in the making. Mirja Geh
The trip delivered some spectacular images. Mirja Geh
Beneath the summit, the skiers found an untouched, snow-filled scene. Mirja Geh
The extreme sport trio found perfect conditions on their descent. Mirja Geh
Ager said: "This is a world's first, a Zeppelin has never embarked on such an adventure." Mirja Geh
Engineers and Zeppelin experts turned a far-fetched idea into breathtaking reality. Mirja Geh
"This was more than just abseiling off a giant Zeppelin," Gumpenberger explained. Mirja Geh
When the Zeppelin underwent a test run in the fall of 2018, it failed to reach the required altitude. Mirja Geh
The 75-meter Zeppelin had to have its cabin adjusted in order to cope with the journey's rigors. Mirja Geh
"When I was hanging under the Zeppelin, I felt like abseiling off a cloud, it did really feel bizarre," Ager recalls. Lenscape
A dream ultimately became a phenomenal reality. Daniel Hug
The Zeppelin hangar in Friedrichshafen, Germany, was a far cry from the extraordinary Alpine landscape that the airship's journey revealed. Daniel Hug